2016 Honda Civic 1.5T Rumored to Ditch Manual Transmission

Enthusiasts excited about the new turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2016 Honda Civic might not be too happy with the transmission options. 

A color matrix for the 2016 Civic leaked on AutoGuide.com‘s 10thCivicforum.com suggests that a six-speed manual transmission will only be available with the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and not with the more expensive and powerful 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. What’s worse for drivers looking for a fun experience, the turbo engine is rumored to only be available with a CVT.

The base engine is expected to offer 158 horsepower, the most ever offered in a base Civic, while the turbocharged 1.5-liter should deliver 174 hp.

When asked about the rumor, Honda spokesperson Robyn Eagles said, “We have not confirmed it publicly, yet.” This seems to suggest that the rumors are true and Honda simply hasn’t announced it yet. All of the details on the Civic will officially be released on October 19.

Honda says this Civic was designed from the start to bring back the car’s fun-to-drive roots. Honda claims body rigidity is up 25 percent, while weight is down 68 pounds, for the body at least. Also helping in the handling department is variable gear ratio steering, larger front and rear stabilizer bars and brake-torque vectoring.

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